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"Boring, stable, and not to tech savvy"

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Former Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

It was a good enough job, without too much pressure. People were by and large friendly, benies were good. They didn't expect too much of their technical staff which allowed me to learn quite a bit, even though I had to initiate it all. It would have been a great place to calcify, not learn anything, go home on time every single day, that sort of thing.

Cons

Not a place to innovate, not a place to push yourself or others to do fantastic things.

Advice to Management

You need better technical managers, first off. People involved with the business, who know the business, but who can spearhead technology in a professional way. There's a very garage-y approach and I think it hurts the company.

Other Employee Reviews for UBM

  1. Helpful (1)

    "CMP- Great people to work with in an environment of uncertainty"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to network. The people who work there are generally really dedicated and great to work with. Very intelligent group of individuals.

    Cons

    Compensation offered tends to be less than that of competitors. Unstable work environment due to constant changes. Salary doesn't increase greatly over time.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees more about potential changes within company BEFORE they arise. Spend more time with your employees and less time with other senior managers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Let's get back to real journalism."

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    Current Employee - Senior Editor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Editor in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly competitive salary, location, access to professionals in field. Pros include the opportunity to work on camera, which is particularly valuable for people who are print reporters by training. It's not like there are a ton of jobs for print journalists that offer high pay out there, so evolving your toolkit is hugely important. Also, on the salary - it's better than most similar positions in the mainstream media get paid, and even amongst competitors in the tech trade niche, it seems pretty good. Time off and work/life balance are appreciated at UBM. Performance standards may be fairly high, but not being driven to live our lives at the office.

    Cons

    Fear of downsizing, stagnant wage increases, mixed messages from management on performance benchmarks. As the Web side picks up, there's just constant pressure on reporters to hit ever-rising Web traffic benchmarks. This absolutely gets in the way of enterprise reporting and disincentives breaking a story or doing any kind of deep-diving analysis, because it's just much more efficient to chase popular stories that are clustering at the top of the various Google News categories. What that means, in essence, is that reporters are becoming the stenographers of the various PR firms, vendors and operatives that drive news cycles. Just a real shame.

    Advice to Management

    Take the journalism more seriously. Find a better balance between resources and energy going towards events and to the content side of the house. Find metrics other than Web traffic to rate reporters' job performance. Actually, even within the Web traffic metric, show us more than just the raw page view numbers. What about click-through rates and time spent on the page? Raw page views don't tell the whole story.

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